What an amazing day at Historic Hayward Field, as the weather was perfect with temperatures in the 60s, some sunshine, and no humidity. With such conditions–it comes as no surprise that records would fall, but eight in one year and so many new marks by underclassmen Ducks!
Devon Allen proved that he was back and completely healthy from his football injury as he set a new meet record in the 110 hurdles, with room for improvement by season’s end with the hurdles that were clipped. He also won the 400 meter hurdles, and was the complete team player by running in two other relay events as well. His focus on track and the Olympics this spring is a goal that all Duck fans embrace, and it will be fun to watch his progress right up to the NCAAs in Eugene in June.
Raevyn Rogers showed the strength of her incredible kick as she came from behind to win the final leg of the 4 X 400 relay from a noted star at USC. What is her ceiling? Duck fans will watch this emerging star closely!
Can these Ducks come through as double Outdoor Track Champions again? It is a stunning feat to do it one time, but to duplicate last year’s Outdoor effort and this year’s Indoor results is just a dream at this point with the top-flight track schools placing Oregon in their cross-hairs. Coach Robert Johnson will have them ready, and we know our beloved Ducks will give it their all as they did at the Pepsi Invitational.
Our thanks to the Pac-12 for providing a superb summary video of the meet!
Top picture of Ducks in the Steeplechase pit from the Pac-12 Video